Farm World states well represented in FFA winner’s circle
by DOUG GRAVES
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — “We Will” was the theme at this year’s National FFA Convention. From a look at the accomplishments of those residing in the Farm World readership area, maybe the theme should have been “We Did.”
Team competition in each of the 26 event categories was fierce at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis last month and many of those in the readership area received high marks for their effort.
In Agriculture Sales Career Development, the Prairie Central FFA of Illinois finished first. Team members included Alexandrea Brown, Cassidy Edelman, Kirra Gehring and Sydney Rothert.
In Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management, Spencer County FFA of Kentucky finished first. Team members were Kelly Baird, Madison Goodlett, Tyler Moehrke and Casey Montgomery. Finishing second from the Prairie Central FFA of Illinois were Ashlyn Kratochvil, Ainsly Kratochvil, Jacob Raber and Addie Raber.
Indiana’s Columbia City FFA was first in the Livestock Evaluation event. The four members were Devin Baker, Madison Schroeder, Grace Schrader and Dillon Sheiss.
The Horse Evaluation title went to the West Dubuque FFA of Iowa, with Trenton Hammer, Madison Strief, Regan Demmer and Grace Strief competing.
In Food Science Technology, first went to Big Walnut DACC FFA of Sunbury, Ohio. Team members included Caroline Elicson, Jillian Salmon, Kyle Lortz and Chris Dible.
The Ohio foursome of Kaylee Smith, Avery Zwayer, Joel Krebehenne and Dean Wolfe captured the Agronomy event. They represent the North Union FFA.
In Milk Quality and Products, second place went to Evan Slagel, Tyler Ifft, Sarah Waldbeser and Haven Slagel of the Prairie Central FFA in Illinois.
Finishing second in the Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems event were Prairie Central FFA members Austin Friedman, Ty Zimmerman, Chase Leman and Evan Young.
Finishing third in the Ag Issues Forum was the Webberville FFA of Michigan, with participants Skylar Byrne, Rebecca Fraley, Dana Gorski, Katarina Haynes, Keith Haynes, Carson Nolan and Jake Bales.
Third place in the Meats Evaluation and Technology event was Mechanicsburg FFA of Ohio, with members Elly Schipfer, Taylor Ayars and Colin Hartley.
Indiana captured the Marketing Plan Career Development event. Representing Hamilton Southeastern FFA were Kate Schreck, Megan Bixler and Gracie Fisher.
Finishing third in the Farm and Agribusiness Management event was Montezuma FFA of Iowa, represented by Mikayla Henry, Maddy McKeag, Carissa Vanzee and Madelyn DeJong. The same foursome finished third in the Farm and Agribusiness Management category.
Finishing fourth in the Environmental and Natural Resources event was Madison Southern FFA of Kentucky, represented by Emmanuel Kirby, Ansley Cornelius, Reagan Childers and Hunter Bolin.
In Forestry, fourth place went to Olney FFA of Illinois, with Lucas McVaigh, Jennifer Rudolph, Alec Kocher and Victoria Zwilling competing. Sixth place went to McCreary Central FFA of Kentucky, with Seara Coffey, Kyle Privett, Elisha Shepard and Ashlyn Slaven competing.
In Veterinary Science, the Prairie Central FFA (Illinois) team of Elise Dotterer, Grace Eisenmann, Katie Elbert and Rachel McGreal finished fourth. Kentucky’s Trace FFA finished sixth and competing were Catherine Wharton, Annika Weaver, Whitney Evans and Kayla Riley.
Due to its popularity, one of the most competitive events this year was the Nursery and Landscape event. The Spencer County FFA (Kentucky) squad of Jackson Baird, James Kennedy, Emily Collins and Brynn Cooper finished fifth. The David Crockett FFA of Tennessee finished sixth, with Emily Chaffin, Katie McKinney, Jordan Richardson and Anna Young competing. Illinois’ Dylan Woodard, Ian Wilkinson, Logan Daggett and Garrett Granby, all of Seneca FFA, finished eighth.
In Poultry Evaluation, Ohio’s Margaretta FFA finished fifth. Participating were Colby Hoover, Spencer Flick, Kaitlin Miller and Madeline Flick. Seventh place in this event was Loda FFA of Illinois, with Matteo Vasquez, Jordan Delaney, Collin Wieneke and Austin Jones competing.
In Floriculture, eighth place went to Muscatine FFA of Iowa, with Dailyn Garrett, Allen Tian, McKenna Riess and Belinda Brain competing.